In response to an increasing demand for bachelor's degrees, community colleges in more than a dozen states have expanded their programs to include career-oriented, four-year degrees. Advocates say these programs – which typically require approval from state lawmakers – better respond to student and employer needs by providing affordable bachelor's degrees.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank, 2220 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Jill Fitzsimmons and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas ... but one of the best is the gift of giving,
HOISINGTON -On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 11th and Vine Streets in Hoisington will present the story of St. Lucia, Child of Light. The 30-minute service will feature music, readings, prayer, and the compelling story of the girl who died for her faith and became the symbol of light amid the darkness. All are welcome for the service, fellowship, and refreshments.
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas, but one of the best is the gift of giving, "Christmas is the spirit of giving. And what we try to do is give ourselves. It is the little things that mean a lot. You don't have to win the lottery before you can give back," said Randy Smith.
WOODBINE - Vincent E. "Vince" Malson, 71, of Woodbine, Georgia, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, at home. Born on August 21, 1941 at Ft. Scott, he was the son of Charlie and Lucille (George) Malson. The family lived in Erie and moved to Great Bend, where he graduated from Great Bend High School in 1959.
Gladys Klug, 88, died Dec. 10, 2012 at home in Great Bend. She was born Feb. 1, 1924 at Redwing, the daughter of Joseph and Louisa (Frenzel) Schremmer, Sr.
Dennis Patrick McGreevy, 60, died Dec. 9 at his home in Great Bend. Born April 19, 1952 in Great Bend, he was the son of William Stanley and June Lorraine (Murray) McGreevy. On April 23, 1976 he married Judy K. Bender in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was an equipment operator for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
HOISINGTON - Sandra K. Brinson, 66, died Dec. 8 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Oct. 4, 1946 at Yale, Okla., she was the daughter of Alvin M. Sr. and Mildred Faye (Lanning) Sweeden. A lifelong resident of Barton County, she graduated from Great Bend High School. On June 28, 1964, she married Loren (Gene) Brinson in Great Bend. She was employed by C.O. Mammels grocery store until they closed. She was a caregiver for many people throughout the years.
HOISINGTON - Ruby Lucille Blaz, 70, died Dec. 8 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Oct. 27, 1942 in Guymon, Okla., she was the daughter of Raymond and Helen (Smith) Steinkuehler. Ruby moved to Hoisington in 1986 coming from Guymon, Okla. She was brought up in the Nazarene Church and worked as a CNA for Texas County Memorial Hospital for many years. She enjoyed reading, traveling and music. On July 2, 1984 she married Rush Blaz in Great Bend.
Sister Sibyllina Mueller, 81, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 9 in the Dominican Sisters' Convent Infirmary in Great Bend. Born Jan. 10, 1931, in Wichita, as Theresa Susanne Mueller, Sister Sibyllina was the daughter of the late John and Sibylla (Ternes) Mueller. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community on Aug. 26, 1945, and pronounced her first vows June 10, 1948. She celebrated 60 years of religious profession in 2008.
Olinda Elizabeth "Linda" Ott, 91, died Dec. 8 at Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit. Born Feb. 18, 1921 in Russell County, she was the daughter of Jacob and Mary Elizabeth (Hettinger) Tittel. On Jan. 9, 1949, she married I.L. "Bill" Ott in Milberger. He died on Jan. 10, 2007. A resident of Great Bend from 1963 to 2009, formerly of Russell, she was a homemaker.
MIAMI - LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade had 26 and the Miami Heat pulled away in the second half to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 on Monday night.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad.
The Hoisington Cardinal wrestling team continues to have news worthy announcements about its staff and team members. This past week the team learned that High School Assistant and Middle School Head Coach Anthony Leiker was named Middle School Coach of the year by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
Andover resident John McBeth has been awarded just about every accolade available to a rodeo cowboy. He won the title of World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 1974, and after a long career participating in and promoting the sport of rodeo was recently enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame (2010), and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center (2013).
The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel met on March 13, at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor presided over the meeting. There were 41 members present, along with Vermeene Forsberg, KARSP District IV Director.
On April 7, Turner Classic Movies will present a biography feast for classic film lovers. The five documentaries to be broadcast – on Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart – were all produced and directed by the Emmy Award-winning duo of Joan Kramer and David Heeley.
Billy Joe Leatherman, 75, died March 26, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 11, 1939, in Stafford, he was the son of Merle M. and Marie (Koelsch) Leatherman. On Jan. 10, 1960, he married Iona Lebsack in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from St. John, he was an oilfield chemical salesman.